Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry Exhibit

New York’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum celebrates the world—and serious design cred—of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Courtesy Christie's/Courtesy Van Cleef & Arpels
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The Ballet

1942 (Left): Legend has it that George Balanchine was so inspired by the jewels in the Van Cleef & Arpels windows, he created a ballet around them. Claude Arpels returned the favor, and the dancer has remained a Van Cleef signature.

Present: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Balanchine’s ballet last year, the house created the Ballet Précieux Collection, which includes this brooch of white diamonds and yellow sapphires. $120,000. For details about all pieces, call 877-826-2533 or go to